This month’s Club Sport of the Month is Men’s Lacrosse. The team first started playing in the 1990s and didn’t start competing until 2009. Ever since they have entered the Southeastern Lacrosse Conference, they have been recognized as one of GSU Club Sports’ prominent sports. The team recently defeated their regional opponent, University of North Florida, for the first time bringing themselves closer to entering into the SELC tournament. Below is a Q & A with the Men’s Lacrosse Coach, Kenneth Nix.
What is a tradition your team has?
We recently started a tradition with participating in Relay for Life. This has always been a cause close to home because it seems that today there are a vast majority of people who know someone affected by cancer. A player on my high school team has battled back twice from cancer of the lymph nodes to play for his senior year. This year to raise funds we had a benefit game at Kennesaw Mountain High school where all proceeds went to Relay for Life.
What is your favorite thing about playing Club Sports at Georgia Southern?
The fans, we have great fan support considering we are a club team. Most people down here have never heard of it let alone seen it played, and once they come to a game they keep coming back. Lacrosse is the fastest game on two feet and one of the most exciting to watch. The action never stops.
How often do you practice? What is your typical practice like?
3-4 days a week for 2 hours. A typical practice includes a warm up, stretching, and line drills, which incorporates different throws the game requires as well a ground balls. We then do an individual warm up with offense and defense separately. Then, we come together for some team drills from clears, fast break work, shooting drills, 1-on-1s, or 6-on-6. This is also the point of practice where we put in new plays, offenses and defenses. Then, we may scrimmage or continue 6-on-6 implementing new things that we had just gone over. The last 15-20 minutes is conditioning.
How often to you have Competitions?
We play almost every weekend 1 to 2 games from February to April.
What is it like to travel around and play different schools?
Exciting we have gone anywhere from Miami to Myrtle Beach for games, the victory feels that much better over a team on their home turf. Next year we plan to take a trip for a part of Spring Break to play some teams in either Tennessee or Virginia.
What is your best memory about Club Sports?
In 2010, when we went from 0-10 to 8-4 in the matter of one year, most teams didn’t see us coming. I was a starting goalie as a freshman that year.
What if someone is interested in playing your sport? How can they find out more information? Are there tryouts?
To show your interest in the Georgia Southern Men’s Lacrosse Club, visit our website at www.georgiasouthernlacrosse.com. We start in the fall and play some tournaments. At this point we do not have a tryout requirement, but as we are a highly competitive club the best players play which is something to keep in mind for new members.
The Men’s Lacrosse team will be taking on SCAD this Saturday in Savannah at 2 p.m.